Lavinia joined Becket Chambers in October 2015 and is developing her general practice in all of Chambers core areas.
Lavinia is particularly interested in ensuring that members of the public are able to understand the legal process and access the support available to them. Whilst undertaking her Bar Professional Training, she volunteered with the Personal Support Unit in the Newcastle Combined Court, supporting Litigants in Person throughout the court process. Lavinia also participated in ‘Street Law’, a scheme that aims to inform members of the public of their legal rights. In this role, she organised and delivered presentations to community groups on how the law affects them.
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Lavinia joined Chambers in 2015, and focuses her practice on private child and injunctions under the Family Act. She frequently represents vulnerable clients, and acts for clients in for emergency non-molestation applications.
Lavinia represents both applicants and respondents at First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointments though to the Final Hearing.
She is known for her ability to put clients at ease with her personal and professional approach, and is highly competent in both processing large amounts of information and explaining it to her clients in a clear and concise way.
She has a natural empathy, and her calm and non-judgemental approach helps to put people at ease even when they are dealing will particularly difficult circumstances such as allegations of abuse.
She works with people from a multitude of different socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and has experience of working with translators. She is highly aware of the cultural differences which can affect people’s views of the rights of parents, put pressure on someone not to leave an abusive relationship, or make people reluctant to report serious issues to the police.
She has a natural ability to empathise with people’s circumstances and to build trust and open communication, even where cultural differences make this particularly challenging for her clients.
Lavinia is committed to establishing a diverse practice, and she is the Equality and Diversity Officer for Chambers.
In her spare time, when not with her young family, Lavinia helps to run her local branch of the Teenage Cancer Trust, organising fundraising events.